Bus Stop

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Myths & Legends #1
 
  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 24 5/8" x 31 7/8"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 25
  Total Edition size: 237
  Number of colors: 17
  Year printed: 1989
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 2400 Last price on secondary mkt.
On a trip to New York City in the spring of 1988, Authouart was walking on 42nd street near Broadway. He had heard that the area was going to be torn down in the interest of new high rises. Thinking that all of the old theaters would disappear and with them perhaps the memories of the movie stars of twenty and thirty years ago, saddened him.
In this tribute to Marilyn Monroe, the marquees of 42nd street are titled with her movies and the façades of the theaters stand alone as if they were stage sets. The couple at the bottom of the image is taken from an old post card in Authouart's collection. It is common practice for the French to collect old post cards. This one dates around 1950.
Typical of an Authouart image, we see the symbols of America that are recognizable if not influential all over the world - the American dollar (a symbol of success), Coca-Cola, Elvis and of course Marilyn. And what could be more American than a Cadillac?
Bus Stop is the first piece in the series of six:
Myths & Legends:

M&L#1   Bus Stop

M&L#2   On Abbey Road Corner

M&L#3   East of Eden

M&L#4   Thriller

M&L#5   Times Square

M&L#6   Jimi's Dead

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